05/14/08 8:10 PM EDT
|Toronto Blue Jays||Minnesota Twins|
|Brad Wilkerson - RF||Carlos Gomez - CF|
|Aaron Hill - 2B||Matt Tolbert - 2B|
|Alex Rios - CF||Joe Mauer - C|
|Scott Rolen - 3B||Justin Morneau - 1B|
|Matt Stairs - DH||Michael Cuddyer - RF|
|Lyle Overbay - 1B||Jason Kubel - DH|
|Shannon Stewart - LF||Delmon Young - LF|
|Gregg Zaun - C||Mike Lamb - 3B|
|Marco Scutaro - SS||Alexi Casilla - SS|
Yesterday was one of the more enjoyable games I can remember the Jays playing in quite some time. Litsch pitched well (I would've left him in a little longer, frankly), Rolen had a 15 pitch at-bat that paid off when Stairs took Slowey deep on the next at-bat and sent him out of the game, Lyle crushed a double into the left-centerfield gap to plate a run, Hill looked good at the plate, and Stewart had some good at-bats as well. Rolen also looked great in the field, and Downs and Frasor combined for some very fine bullpen work.
Tonight's game has oversized importance, being that it's game 42 and 42 is the answer to the question of the life, the universe, and everything. Throw in the fact that it's Doc's birthday, and everything is starting to come into focus. Doc is now 3-5 and that's just a little silly - I mean, the guy's got a 47/10 K/BB ratio and a 1.03 WHIP. Let's hope the Jays can continue to find enough offense and the good doctor can strike a little luck on the day of his birth. Happy Birthday, Doc, and many more!
Boof Bonser pitches for the Twins. Bonser has been decent for the Twins this season, but has had two rough outings in a row so the Jays aren't getting him at a bad time. I'm looking forward to the game tonight, and it's been a good day. On my walk home from the subway after work I happened upon a runaway dog, who began to follow us. I made a makeshift leash out of one of the straps on my daughter's stroller, and while walking the little guy around, we happened upon the owner, who was near tears. It was a very happy ending, and consequently I'm in quite a good mood despite an exhausting day of work. Don't ruin it, Jays!
For some minor news, Jesse Litsch volunteered to start Friday's game on only two days rest since he only threw 71 pitches yesterday. Gotta love the kid's enthusiasm, but I expect it will be Purcey who starts Friday against one of the NL's best offenses, which should be interesting. In addition, both Eckstein and Mac have rejoined the team and are doing some light hitting. Gibbons is hopeful that both will be ready to come off the DL when eligible one week from today
I almost forgot, today's title generously provided by Boston band the Push Stars, who were a bit of a big deal when I was in college a few years back.